Saturday, February 28, 2009

Quilt 131 - Betty's Hotel Quilts

When a country hotel was going to open near my Aunt Betty's house, the owners asked her to make quilts for some (maybe all?) of the rooms. She sent them to Mom to quilt, and they came out beautifully.

The quilts were based around nature scene panels, and were constructed with traditional piecing patterns in keeping with the country theme of the hotel. Mom stuck to her "Keep it Simple Stitching" to really let the piecing and panels stand out.

And because it is Betty's birthday, we decided to take her on a trip down memory lane. The picture below is of Betty (in the curlers and red handkerchief) and my Grandma getting ready to baste a quilt. Betty's husband Mert is in the background. (And Mom, is that Dad leaning on the car?) Apparently Betty was helping with the quilt while her hair set in preparation for a choir concert that evening. Speaking of choirs, Good Luck to her Grandsons Z and T on their concert fundraiser this evening! Happy Birthday, Betty!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Quilt 130 - Karen's Quilt from Grandma

50 x 75"

A few posts ago I mentioned I had scanned a picture thinking it was a quilt my Grandma made for me when I was little. Well, this is my quilt! It was hand quilted by my Grandma (and I suspect some aunts, too) when we got back from Spain where I was born. I think I'm about 2 years old in this picture and am obviously loving my new bed!

It has a flannel back and I used it until I was 13 or so. At that point, the back was getting so worn there were holes in it. I was not very happy when we had to put it away, so my lovely Mom made me another quilt with flannel on the back. She hand quilted it and everything! It was pink and gray to match my very stylish 80s bedroom. Thanks Mom!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Quilt 129 - American Hero Quilt - Log Cabin


50 x 70"

Another quilt made by Ione for the American Hero Quilt Project. This quilt used up 2" scraps from fabrics donated to the project. Ione used gold star on blue background for half of the log cabin block, creating a great back-drop for the scrappy red strips. The blocks were arranged to create diamonds and Ione alternated her quilting style in each row. Stars were quilted in the blue and the logs were followed in the red srappy rows. The bottom picture shows the quilting on the back of the quilt.

If you would like to know more about this project, please check out their website at
Happy Birthday, Roland!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Quilt 128 - Rosemary's Baby Panel Quilt

2009, 50" x 65"

Another quilt for Rosemary. She had panels that were meant for crib bumpers and wanted a wall hanging from them. They were odd lengths, so I had to patch them together.

I took the rose design from satin fabric and made rose appliques to frame the panels at the bottom.

Mom did a wonderful job quilting it. She "kept it simple" around the panels and interspersed flowers in the sashing and along the border. I used the same fabric for the borders, binding and backing in order to keep the focus on the panels. I hope she likes it!!

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Quilt 127 - Jen's Quilt


My niece Jen bought the fabric for this quilt in New York, her Aunt Glad pieced and bound the quilt in CA, and I quilted it in WA - a multi state quilt! Now it is back in New York for Jen and Rich to enjoy!

- posted by Ione

Doesn't this look like an inviting place to spend some time binding a quilt?

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Quilt 126 - Feel the Music Quilt

42" x 54" - 2009
"FEEL THE MUSIC QUILT" was made by Great Aunts Adele Ewert and Ione Ewert Whitney for their nephews in Prineville, OR. The boys' choir will be using the quilt as a fundraiser for a trip to Ireland later this year. The music fabric comes from the fabric collections of Adele, Grandma Betty Ewert Lawson, Barb and Sharon.
Harriet and Ione were heading over to Vashon Island for Lorraine’s Day and decided to stop at the quilt shop, Island Quilter, (, to see if there was more music fabric Ione could add to the quilt. The store was open for the last day in a house before moving into a storefront in town. Ione was directed to the novelty fabric room which included the music section. When Ione took her choices to the counter to be cut, Anja said that when the American Choir Conductor, Robert Shaw, would come visit his cousin who had owned this house, he had stayed in the room where she had the music fabric. There seem to be lots of music lovers as part of this quilt!
The pattern is a Functional Quilt Pattern designed by Ione Ewert Whitney called "From Scraps to 12". There are 12 pattern pieces in the 12 blocks. The quilt was quilted by IoneBrickhouse Machine Quilting, Port Orchard, WA.

There were many names considered for this quilt.
Crook County Cadet Boys Choir Music Quilt
Flannel Backed Music Cuddle Quilt
See the Music Quilt
Follow Your Dream Quilt

All of the choir members and their directors have signed blocks that are sewn into this quilt. Adele prepped and cut all of the pieces and was able to sew part of the quilt before they had the signature blocks back. The sashing is a nice way to set off the blocks and bring attention to the names and the variety of music fabric.